Exmouth Under-12s edged out by Topsham by narrowest of margins

PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 November 2013

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Exmouth Cockles go head to head with Bournemouth. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exsp 3919-39-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Exmouth 0, Topsham 7

Exmouth Under-12s were edged out by the narrowest of margins in a close encounter on Sunday morning, writes Rob Masters.

Playing down the slope Topsham were dominating scrums during the first half and this was a an area to be addressed at half time but otherwise it was a pretty even contest.

Topsham were able make a break from a scrum in midfield and two missed tackles allowed them to celebrate, but prematurely, as the ball was carried over the dead ball line before being touched down!

Just before half-time Topsham put more pressure on the Exmouth line and, when the ball popped out of a ruck, Cockles full back Luke Davis gathered touched the ball down to make it safe, unfortunately, the referee was unsighted and awarded a try to Topsham!

Credit to Exmouth players who did not argue with the referee, but the awarded try was then converted for Topsham to take a seven point lead into the break.

Exmouth coach Mike Sprague reorganised his pack by bringing on some additional weight with Jarrred Palmer introudced and moving Harry Sprague to work along side in the second row.

This turned the tide and Exmouth began to win all their own scrums and some against the head, but could not find their usual form, failing to create any real chances. Their best opportunity came from a penalty deep in Topsham territory, but the final pass was dropped and the chance to level the score lost.

One positive to be taken from the contest was that the defence stood firm for most of the game and newer players showed an increased understanding of the game, particularly Alex Waiton who was awarded with the Tackler of the Match trophy.

The Cockles Man of the Match award was shared by Olly Cowley and Harry Sprague for their sterling work at the breakdown.


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